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Interesting photos from the Arnold Palmer Invitational (plus links to all photo galleries)



This week, the PGA Tour is at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida, and GolfWRX was on-site Tuesday to spy some interesting things from the grounds and around the practice area as players were getting ready to battle for the $9.3 million purse at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

Justin Rose’s new Axis1 (Blade) proto

Justin has been using an Axis1 putter for years, but this is the first time we’ve spotted him with a blade-style prototype version.

Rickie continues to tinker

Rickie Fowler’s bag is always interesting, and this week the Rev33’s are in play.

John Augenstein’s WITB

The 2019 U.S. Am runner-up turned professional in late 2020 has quite the club setup.

Camilo Villegas with new Srixon ZX7 irons

Camilo always has a very interesting club set up based on his unique dynamics into the ball—lots of forward shaft lean and low dynamic loft. Thanks to their more aggressive VT sole the new Srixon ZX7’s seem to be a perfect fit for the Colombian.

Justin Rose continues to test

It was exactly a year ago at the 2020 API, Justin Rose started to tinker with his club setup, and this week in 2021 it appears that he is still working to get dialed in and testings drivers.

Speaking of drivers, Rose was as caught talking to Jason Dufner about his new Cobra RAD Speed, and might have ordered one to test.

A story in 4 parts – the assumed conversation

Rose– “Oh, I like the look of this Duff!”
Duff– “It’s my new one. I like it”
Rose– “Interesting, what’s it all about?”
Duff– “It has all this weight to make it stable, & you adjust it here.”
Rose (on phone )- “Hey cobra can I test one of those Rad drivers?”


Kisner with a unique putting drill

Keith Mitchell continues to use HZRDUS T1100 in his driver

With all the talk about players including Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen moving to longer and much more flexible driver shafts, Keith Mitchell continues to buck the trend with one of the stiffest shafts available – the ProjectX HZRDUS T1100.

Here’s a look at Louis with his stock Ping ALTA CB stiff shaft.

Alex Noren loaded up with golf balls

We know there is a lot of water around the course this week at Bay Hill, and it looks like Alex Noren is prepared like an 18 handicap headed out to play from the back tees with four dozen balls ready to go.

Dufner putting with his wedge

Jason Dufner was seen working on his putting using the popular bellied wedge drill which forces you to work on producing a level stroke and precise center contact.

Hideki Matsuyama’s bag must be heavy

Hideki is the ultimate tester, which is why we love him at GolfWRX.

Bryson potentially testing grips

It looks like Bryson was getting ready to test some new Jumbo-Max grips, or just had a fresh set installed this week.

Paging Ping – Harris English needs a new putter headcover

That ratty old thing must hold some sentimental value to Harris based on its condition.

Charl Schwartzel back to Miura irons

Charl has gone through a number of iron sets in recent memory and at the API it looks like he’s back to a set of Miura 001 blades.

Spieth testing new utility

Jordan Spieth had a few extra Titleist utility irons next to his bag on the putting green, and it could be that he is working on his gapping because of the long par 3’s at Bay Hill.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. PJM

    Mar 3, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Those are Srixon 785 in Camillo Villegas’ bag, not ZX7s.

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Most interesting photos from Tuesday at the 2021 Valero Texas Open



This week, the PGA Tour is at TPC San Antonio on the Oaks Course for the Valero Texas Open. GolfWRX was on-site Tuesday to catch a glimpse into the bags of some of the world’s top golfers.

The field of 144 is getting ready to battle starting Thursday for the $7.7 million purse, with $1.386 million going to the winner. The tournament is also the last event where players can qualify for The Masters, just like Canadian Corey Conners did last year.

Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

Cobra guys sticking together

Both Rickie and J-Duf, played a practice round together and showed off their unique bags full of Cobra gear. Rickie is playing the new Palm Tree edition RadSpeed XB, while Jason has his trusty F9 bag in the bag.

Oldies but goodies

Looks like Daniel Berger isn’t the only golfer on tour with an affinity for 2011 TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC irons. We spotted those along with some PXG Gen2 X long irons in the bag of David Hearn. Charl Schwartzel also has a very mixed bag with some older gear including Miura 001 blade irons—and Nike VR Pro wedges!

Are you team site line or dot?

Site line preferences are all over the map on tour, and we caught some prime examples of two of the most popular options. On the top, we have a Toulon San Diego with a topline site dot, and on the bottom, Jimmy Walker is using a classic Newport 2 style with a flange site line.

Hold still now

This is a classic drill to help reduce head movement during the swing, and this caddie is demonstrating the perfect technique.

Pat Perez’s shoe game is HOT!

Pat Perez is one of the biggest sneakerheads on tour, and he also happens to be a Jordan athlete. That means fresh kicks all the time including these custom 2020 Jordan 35’s with the TW13 “Free” soles.

Mizuno JPX900 Tours still going strong

Vaughn Taylor continues to use the irons that kick-started the Mizuno JPX revolution on tour when Brooks Koepka won the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Game improvement = game improvement

Longer iron with less loft are harder to hit – it’s just physics. It’s the reason why combo sets like the one Greyson Sigg has are so popular with many golfers on tour. Greyson has replaced his long irons with Mizuno JXP919 Hot Metal Pros.

New irons and new ferrules

Adam Schenk was working with some new Ping irons on the range, but what makes them unique is their “ringed” ferrules. Ping has never done custom-style ferrules from factory before, so either they have started a small program with their tour players, or these irons were built by someone other than Ping.

Getting those Masters vibes

Although Luke List isn’t yet qualified for the 2021 Masters, his putter headcover which showcases some of the most popular menu items from Augusta National’s famous concession stands is giving off plenty of vibes. Maybe it’s a good omen for this week to be the last golfer to sneak into the field.

Texas well represented

I wouldn’t call a more than four-hour drive from Fort Worth to San Antonio a quick trip, but either way, it’s cool to see a “local” SMU Mustang in the field. SMU also happens to be the Alma Mater of the reigning US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau.

Lust for rust

Robby Shelton likes to keep it clean as far as stamping is concerned on his Vokey wedges, but when it comes to glare reduction, he trusts the rust!

Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.


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WGC Match Play Tour Truck Report: New putters for Kuchar, McIlroy, Poulter



With a field of just 64 players at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas—and some trucks not making the nearly 20-hour trip between PGA National and Austin Country Club—there’s not a massive amount to report this week.

Nevertheless, we’re preparing a plate with the ingredients we have in the GolfWRX kitchen!


Switching away from his Odyssey White Hot XG 7, long-time Titleist staffer Ian Poulter is gaming a new Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 Prototype putter.


Si Woo Kim has a new set of Apex TCB irons and a PM Grind 64-degree wedge.

Fresh grooves Jon Rahm in his Jaws Forged wedges. 52-10, 56-12, 60-10. Project X 6.5 shafts.

Photo via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder.

Kevin Na is in new Epic Speed 3 and 5-woods. He’s sticking with Mitsubishi Diamana RF 70 TX and 80 TX shafts, respectively.


Viktor Hovland tested Ping Blueprints on TrackMan but is sticking with his i210’s for now.

Andy Sullivan moved into a  G425 3-wood with a Fujikura Ventus Blue shaft.

Corey Conners, Tyrrell Hatton, Bubba Watson, and Louis Oosthuizen may all play new Glide Pro Forged wedges.


Rory McIlroy tested Fujikura Ventus Blue shafts in his fairway wood (8 X and 9 X, respectively).

McIlroy was also spotted returning to the eight-armed embrace of the TaylorMade Spider X putter family. Interestingly, rather than the pistol grip he’s favored in the past, Rory has a TaylorMade SuperStroke tour grip on the wand.


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Tommy Fleetwood put a new SIM2 Max 21-degree fairway wood and MG Hi-Toe 52-degree wedge in play.

Dustin Johnson, who has been in a 10.5-degree SIM head is putting a SIM2 Max in play. 10.5 degrees.

Collin Morikawa put a new MG2 50 degree in play.

Non-staffer Hideki Matsuyama switched into a SIM UDI 3-iron—and added a yardstick to the bag.


OG of armlock putting, Matt Kuchar has a new Bettinardi KM2 DASS VWS putter in the bag.

Additional details on Kuchar’s putter via the folks at Bettinardi.

Material: DASS (Double Aged Stainless Steel)
Neck: Welded Mid-Slant (2.5 Shafts of offset to provide proper visual)
Face Milling: F.I.T. Face (Feel Impact Technology)
Finish: Black Oxide

“Designed and engineered by Robert Bettinardi in 2015-16, and his Tour department for Matt Kuchar, the KM2 DASS VWS to add weights to the top muscles to get the ball into a true roll faster.”

Patrick Reed was spotted testing a TPT shaft.


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Check out all our photos from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play here. 

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Most interesting photos from Tuesday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play



This week, the PGA Tour is at the Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas, for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship. GolfWRX was on-site Tuesday to spy a glimpse into the bags of some of the world’s top golfers. The field of 64 is getting ready to battle starting today for the $10.5 million purse with $1.8 million going to the winner.

Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

Matt Kuchar’s very custom Bettinardi

Matt’s armlock-style putting requires a very unique setup to create the proper dynamics for great roll, and the most noticeable is the large amount of loft and offset on the head.

Berger’s not quitting on his TaylorMade MC’s

Another week on tour and another week for one of the oldest iron models out there.

Hideki’s inspirational bag of clubs

Hideki Matsuyama is absolutely prolific when it comes to club testing—we counted 14 clubs before even getting to the ones with headcovers—and we can’t forget about all those shafts.

2 thumbs up for the 2 Thumb Grip

Putter grips are one of those things your either test or never change, and for Matt Wallace, he has been having some pretty steady success with his 2 Thumb Grip.

Arnie is forever

A lot of golfers have a great affinity for Arnold Palmer, and Jason Kokrak shows his with a signature Arnie umbrella headcover.

Ryder Cup reps for Fleetwood

2021 is a Ryder Cup year, and for Tommy Fleetwood, he is keeping his 4-1 feeling alive with a European Ryder Cup cover.

Imagine being so good at golf…

You have the exclusive luxury of being sponsored by a chicken company. For Brendon Todd, that is a reality. It is certainly not the most unusual bag sponsor of all time and although it’s fun to joke around, there is nothing funny about Todd’s game, he’s all business, just like his SIK putter.

Bryson’s got graphite

It’s well known by now that Bryson exclusively uses graphite in all his clubs, yes even his putter, and this week he looks to have a few extra driver shafts in the bag just in case.

Is Jason Day a Motorhead fan?

“If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man – You win some, lose some, all the same to me”

His Ace of Spades cover could be a nod to the English rockers.

Yeah, I don’t know what this is either

South African Erik Van Rooyen is the 68th ranked player in the world, so who am I to judge whatever this very unusual putting aid is. Do you know?

You can join the discussion about the tournament and the pictures here:  2021 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play – discussion and links

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